• President Nixon resigned in disgrace over the Watergate affair only to be pardoned by his successor Gerald Ford.
• Sears Tower in Chicago becomes the worlds tallest building
• The first supermarket checkout scanner goes into service.
• The national speed limit was lowered to 55 miles per hour.
• After 84 days in space, the last crew of the temporary American space station Skylab return to Earth
FADS and ENTERTAINMENT
• MOVIES: “Blazing Saddles” Monte Python’s “Holy Grail”, Chinatown & Godfather II
• T.V. : “All In The Family,” “Sanford and Son,” and “Chico and The Man”
• Mood rings and Smiley Face stickers were the latest craze.
• Evil Knievel tried to jump the Snake River Canyon but could only manage a giant nosedive into the water and got 6 million bucks for his trouble.
• The 1974 Mustang II was Motor Trends car of the year.
• Hank Aaron breaks Babe Ruth’s record of 714 home runs.
• Liposuction invented by Giorgio Fischer in Rome, Italy.
• Rock Star Death: Mama Cass (obesity related heart attack)
• Mikhail Baryshnikov defected to the USA, leaving the Soviet Union’s Bolshoi Ballet behind him.
• While David Niven was at the Oscars podium, live on national television, a streaker (Robert Opal) ran by. David quipped “Isn’t it fascinating to think that the only laugh that man will ever get is for stripping and showing his shortcomings?”
• This is the title song from Paul McCartney & Wings’ Band on the Run album
• The song has a three-part structure that revolves around the themes of escape and liberation and tells a story about a band being confined to prison and then escaping and going on the run.
• It was the second of five number-one singles for the band.
• In early 1975, Paul McCartney & Wings won the Grammy award for “Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus” for Band on the Run.
• Band on the Run was voted 418th on Rolling Stone magazine’s revised list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
• It was the last McCartney album issued on the Apple Records label.
• Here’s Paul McCartney and Wings with “Band On The Run” your #1@1 from June 1974.